In our gospel today, Jesus passes by two blind men. He doesn’t stop and heal them like many others, so they have to pursue him. When they catch up to Jesus, they ask for healing, but Jesus first tests their faith by asking if they believe he can do it. When they say yes, he heals them because of their faith.
We don’t know why this happened this way. Maybe their faith wasn’t as strong as it needed to be, and the act of pursuing Jesus and the testing of their faith strengthened them.
Sometimes Jesus finds us, and other times, we need to find him. When we feel ourselves in a spiritual desert, and Jesus feels far away, it is often the pursuit of him that is exactly what we need to strengthen our faith.
At the end of the passage, Jesus tells the men not to say a word about their healing. Many people wonder why would he say this. Maybe Jesus knew this news of his healing would cause a spectacle and a distraction, and he would rather have the men experience a quiet, personal gratitude for what he did for them.
Let this gospel cause us to reflect on our faith; if Jesus feels distant, are we waiting on him to come to us, or do we need to pursue him? When he does bless us, are we broadcasting it, or does he want us to be quietly and peacefully grateful?
De Colores, Deacon Kevin
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Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
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